In what is no doubt a shock to those who follow women's soccer, Stanford fell 1-0 in double overtime to Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAAs, after what was nothing less than a stellar season where they won 18 of 21 games. But that provides little consolation for a premature ending to what many expected would be a championship season for a more than dominant Cardinal team.
While suffering elimination from the tournament at such an early stage is no doubt painful and far short of the team's goals for the season, it is important to remember that this program has put together a decade of stunning success. So let's take moment to examine the last decade of Stanford Women's Soccer as we look to a future full of promise and trophies.
Since 2007, Women's soccer has competed in 223 games, winning 195 of them—a .874 winning percentage. This is a stunning 195-20-8 record over ten years. They've appeared in the postseason tournament every year since 2007. They won it all in 2011 and were runners-up in 2009 and 2010. They reached the College Cup (the final four) in six out of the last ten years.
Between 2008 and 2013 they played 73 home games without a loss. In that same span they won 44 consecutive PAC 12 games. And dating back to 1988, Cardinal Women's soccer has had 28 consecutive winning seasons.
So while the sting of an early exit endures for a little while longer, we can look to the past as a hint to the incredible future that this program has on the Farm. There is no doubt that Cardinal women's soccer makes Stanford University the home of champions.